Anshuman Gaekwad will be the Indian Cricketers’ Association male representative in the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s apex council.
The former India opener and national cricket team coach beat cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad by 90 votes in the Indian Cricketers Association to be part of the nine-member BCCI apex council. Gaekwad pocketed 471 votes against 381 to Kirti Azad. The third contestant in fray, Rakesh Dhruv garnered 223 votes.
Shantha Rangaswamy will be the female representative in the body. The former Indian women’s team captain was elected unopposed.
“The outside world sees the glamour of cricket. But there are countless others who have worked hard for the game at the grassroots level. Most ex-cricketers, men and women are struggling to make a living. We need to work with the BCCI to help them,” Gaekwad’s personal statement to the ICA voters had read.
Azad, too, had spoken about the pension entitlement to “every cricketer who has played even one first-class match” in his statement to the voters. He also stressed upon “considerably enhanced pension” for Indian women cricketers. Gaekwad and Rangaswamy were in the ad-hoc Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that had reappointed Ravi Shastri as Team India’s head coach. They, along with Kapil Dev, had stepped down after conflict of interest complaints were made against them.